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LEVI

Rickmanswoth, United Kingdom

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  • More Than Human

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Theodore Sturgeon
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. Together, they may represent the next step in evolution - or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging.

    Jefferson says: "Bleshing with Superhuman Homo Gestalt"
    "Beautiful words, wonderfully spoken"
    Overall

    This book was a wonderfully read by Stefan Rudnicki and the fantastic storyline and beautiful ending was a truly pleasure to listen to, This book was written in the 1950s but stands tall today as a great novel. This coming from someone who isnt a Science Fiction fan. - a wonderful book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "A book of two halves"
    Overall

    I really liked this book, and the narration was very good. The only issue I have with it is the author's rather monotonous descriptions of situations. I lost count of the amount of smell references he made to scenes and places and the amount of cigarette smoke references were multiple.
    That said, the second half of the book is truly compelling and a real coming of age tale, the first part did take some getting used to for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26461)
    Performance
    (20368)
    Story
    (20556)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Not a let down..."
    Overall

    I really liked the last installment of this series. Some reviewers have said it is too fatalistic and a let down but Suzanne Collins has blended just about a perfect mix of tradegy, hope and sadness. I have really enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's maturing with our hero as the books have been written and I think the ending is perfect. - all 3 books are roughly 33 hours but very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Craig Clevenger
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    John Dolan Vincent was born with an extra ring finger on one hand. He was an abnormally gifted child with a proclivity for mathematics beyond his years, but he lacked social skills. Childhood ridicule and a difficult family life led him to use his talents in adulthood for criminal acts of forgery. When he starts getting untreatable migraines, his self-medication results in overdosing which sends him repeatedly to the emergency room.

    Jarrod says: "Excellent but short"
    "Good pace and prose but a bit of a let down"
    Overall

    I was very excited when downloading this as it had come very highly reccomended by Chuck Palahniuk and others and there is a strong flavour of Fight Club to storyline. It is a very gripping book that has a great sense of slickness and pace but the last 20 pages left me feeling a bit short changed. Worth a listen though, you may feel differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hey Nostradamus!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas Coupland
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, David LeDoux, Jillian Crane, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. For a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains derailed.

    Cynthia says: "Superb"
    "sheer brilliance"
    Overall

    Great novel, wonderfully written- a triumph. Narrators also fantastic. Coupland captures sadness, depression, tragedy and comedy in a gem of a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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